The Round of 16 of the Qatar tournament is set to be underway shortly

The FIFA World Cup fever is well underway and we have witnessed historic performances heading into just the second week of the tournament. There is also more entertainment in store for the fantasy football faithful as managers around the world have a variety of choices to make their dream team. From renowned superstars to rising stars, we have already seen a few making the headlines. Here’s a look at some of the superstars who are topping the fantasy charts as we head into the final set of group stage fixtures.

10. Mehdi Taremi (Iran, 17 Points, $7m)

Despite his valiant efforts, the fantasy faithful won’t be able to pick this prospering talent in the Round of 16. He proved to be a bargain for many as he scored two goals against England in Iran’s opening fixture and also assisted Ramin Rezaeian in their historic win over Wales. He also bagged a otal of 270 minutes in three group stage games and did not concede any cards which keeps him at number 10 in our list.

9. Bukayo Saka (England, 17 Points, $8m)

Bukayo Saka stands out to be one of the best performers for England in their group stage riots over their opponents. Although he didn’t get a minute in their final group stage fixture against Wales, he had already done his part in Matchday 1 by scoring two goals against Iran. His lack lustre performance against USA in England’s second game only managed to get him 2 points but he could be a vital source of points for many managers as we head into the Round of 16.

8. Marcus Rashford (England, 18 Points, $7.5m)

His form prior to the World Cup raised innumerable questions about his place in this star studded English team. He certainly answered his critics as the Manchester United attacker scored twice as England defeated Wales 3-0 to seal their berth in the knockout stages. Rashford profited from his start of the tournament to take his tally to three goals in the group stages, adding to his strike as a substitute against Iran.

7. Frenkie De Jong (Netherlands, 18 Points, $8.5m)

You don’t expect these guys to go on a blank run of form for long, do you? The magnificent midfielder has had his say with a solitary goal against the hosts Qatar in their final group stage game and a remarkable assist in their opener against Senegal. With his guile and sensible style of play, the Flying Dutchman have eased through to the knockouts. He also recorded a mammoth 91% pass completion rate which portrays his ability to dominate the midfield.

6. Cody Gakpo (Netherlands, 18 points, $7m)

This young sensation has already made his name among the masses. After his goal against the hosts Qatar he became the first player to score in all three group stage matches in this World Cup. A header vs Senegal, a left footed finish against Ecuador and a right footed finish against Qatar, this juvenile talent seems to have it all. Save your budget accordingly, you might need him.

5. Enner Valencia (Ecuador, 20 points, $6.5m)

The highest goal scorer for Ecuador in their history turned up yet again in this edition of the World Cup. Netting two sublime goals against the hosts Qatar and also the equaliser against Netherlands, he happens to be the leading goal scorer in this edition of the World Cup alongside Cody Gakpo, Marcus Rashford and Kylian Mbappe. Though the managers won’t be able to afford such a striker at such a low rate anymore heading into the Round of 16, he has been a delight to watch.

4. Mohammed Kudus (Ghana, 21 Points, $6m)

Otto Addo has certainly developed a liking for this midfielder from Ajax as he has certainly made his mark in the group stage. With two goals in two games, he has a pass completion rate of 73%. He is also very defensively sound and has conceded only one foul resulting in a yellow card. No wonder his fantasy points are sky high as nothing can be deducted due to disciplinary issues. His attacking ability and his vision have turned the heads of many and he will certainly be a pick for many managers going into the final set of group stage fixtures.

3. Wojciech Szczezsny (Poland, 22 Points, $5.5m)

His heroics have led Poland to the top of Group C momentarily. Standing at a height of 195 cm, he had a save percentage of 85.7% and 57.9% in Serie A and Champions League respectively before coming into the World Cup. Not only did he save the crucial penalty of Salem Aldawsari against Saudi Arabia, he is yet to concede a goal in this edition of the World Cup. Finally, he has recorded over 10 saves in the matches against Mexico and Saudi Arabia and has kept two clean sheets. Poland are to go through to the Round of 16 due to his heroics.

2. Kylian Mbappe (France, 22 Points, $11.5m)

How long can you keep this man out of your team if you are a fantasy football freak? His lightening pace, impressive dribbling skills and killer finish has proved fruitful for Didier Deschamps yet again. Finally, with three goals and an assist already in two games, he is looking as the hot favourite to top the charts of World fantasy football come 18th December.

1. Bruno Fernandes (Portugal, 23 Points, $9.5m)

If anybody could snatch the limelight from Cristiano Ronaldo in this team, this is surely the man you are looking out for. Fernandes produced two assists in his first match of the tournament against Ghana last week. Finally the Manchester United playmaker extended his fine run of form to the World Cup, scoring both of Portugal’s goals in their 2-0 win over a sturdy Uruguayan side which makes him top our chart as of now.

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